JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars signed cornerback Jalen Ramsey to his rookie contract. The Jaguars selected Ramsey in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Ramsey is expected to come in and be an immediate contributor to the Jaguars secondary. Last week he suffered a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Later this week he will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
Depending on the significance of the injury Ramsey could miss anywhere from six weeks to several months.
Ramsey, 6 feet 1 inch, 209 pounds, started all 41 games of his three-year career with the Seminoles, earning All-America honors each season. For his collegiate career, the 21-year-old native of Smyrna, Tennessee combined for 180 tackles (119 solo), 23 passes defensed, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Ramsey, a member of Florida State’s 2014 BCS National Championship team, registered 52 tackles (37 solo), 10 passes defensed, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery as a junior in 2015.
Ramsey became the fourth consecutive underclassman selected in the first round by general manager David Caldwell, joining defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (University of Florida) in 2015, quarterback Blake Bortles (University of Central Florida) in 2014 and tackle Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) in 2013. Ramsey is the 21st player from a Florida school to be chosen by Jacksonville in the team's history, as well as the sixth-ever Seminoles player to be drafted by the Jaguars.